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Fix front tie rods and front wheel bearings

There's a lot of vibration when i turn and my wheel bearings and tie rods are loose. Tie rods seem simple enough to replace but I'm not familiar w/ wheel bearings at all... A mechanic wanted to charge me $1500 for the job but I'm a broke college kid w/ no one to help me out.. The problem seems to be worsening and I'm afraid my tire will fall off soon or tie rods will give.. Any advise??

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    front passenger side wheel shakes a rod looks broke at the back of wheel can or move it



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Fix it or park it. it will come off quicker than you think if driven

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